Expected sights on the East River include tugs and barges, small private sail and motor boats, yellow water taxis, and sludge tankers. But it’s the unusual that delights me; it’s one of my reasons to live in New York City.

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Who would expect a float plane to operate regularly off the East River?

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Who would expect an island named for a former Secretary General of the United Nations? See the sign to the right center at the base of the vertical structure.  This is looking east toward Queens.
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Who would expect the water under the Manhattan Bridge to be filled with kayaks and small motor boats? Why are they there?

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Is the circum-navigation swim marathon around Manhattan more than just urban legend? Enrollment for 2007 is now open.

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